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Eastern Research Group, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Having a prosperous stable career at ERG is unlikely."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation after first year. Great health insurance, 401k and Flexible Spending Accounts. Starting pay is OK for the college student just coming into the workforce.

    Cons

    90% Government work making government shut downs and furloughs worrisome. Very cliquey environment making it difficult to get into any management position unless you are in the “good ole boy” network. Performance reviews aren’t evaluated fairly. Project Managers tend to hold opportunities to those in the “network” regardless of work performance. Minorities in certain divisions of the company are conspicuously lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the cliques. Move management around so they aren’t limiting good employees potentials. Performance reviews need to be more objective and goals clearly stated. Take closer look at some divisions hiring practices.


  2. "Challenging work but you are on your own"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative and talented staff; nice office

    Cons

    You have to make your own way; no one has your back; limited support staff


  3. "Great people, great atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people at ERG are genuinely nice. The environment is friendly, and fellow colleagues are there to help you, not to compete with you. The work schedule is very flexible, and if need be you can work from home on occasion. There are some wonderful, considerate people, and the company strives to help you solve personal issues.

    Cons

    ERG's fantastic support for personal issues doesn't extend to professional issues. It is a challenge to get feedback from managers, even when prompted. This is mostly because they want to be nice, and make everyone feel comfortable, but it ultimately presents a challenge to personal development, and growth within the company. Furthermore, though ERG strives to build a strong community within the office, it's not an ideal place to build your social life outside of there. Employees for the most part have their social groups outside the office.


  4. "Mixed experiences"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Some access to a diversity of work. Some potential to grow/be promoted.

    Cons

    Very disorganized corporate structure, leading to a variety of experiences, good and bad. The pay also varies greatly, with some technical and senior employees paid competitive salaries, and middle-management and entry-level positions paid below competitive rates.


  5. "Great People, Lack of Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ERG is filled with smart, kind, hard-working colleagues. The work has a positive mission helping federal environmental initiatives. ERG really emphasizes work-life balance and rarely expects you to work more than 40 hours a week, which lowers job stress.

    Cons

    The pay is too low if you're not an engineer. Management doesn't foster career development; you really need to pave your own way, and you'll often end up languishing on the same projects for years (although of course with new ones thrown in to mix it up). ERG is behind the times because federal government work doesn't foster much innovation. It's not an environment for questioning.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ERG is a great place to work if you're in certain work groups. There are many opportunities to switch groups, work on new projects and become 'the expert' in new areas of work. My fellow employees were smart, motivated, and hard-working. There is a certain pride that goes along with working for a company that does important environmental and policy work.

    Cons

    If you work for a manager who doesn't ecognize accomplishment, or even good work, then you may not get satisfactory reviews and raises. Bad behavior is sometimes tolerated from employees in very visible positions. I was shocked to have a door slammed in my face by a very senior person (fortunately not my manager).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good hiring practices but implement a more structured review process.


  7. "Very good place to work!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly professional, yet at the same time relaxed and respectful of employees

    Cons

    Uncertainty from recent buy out

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!!


  8. "Great people; difficult career advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are very good (vacation time, tuition reimbursement, etc.). The people who work here are very dedicated, intelligent, and friendly. There aren't a lot of stringent policies that large companies can have; generally, they operate by a "reasonableness" policy where they are conisderate of employees' needs, and ask for the same in return.

    Cons

    It is extremely difficult to advance your career. While you may take on little bits of added responsibility, that is project-dependent and may not necessarily mean you've advanced in any way. There are a tremendous number of Vice Presidents, with no clear path from entry level, regardless of initiative. It's also possible to get "stuck" in a particular area of work that you aren't interested in. By working in an area once, if that area of work grows, you may be repeatedly depended on to continue that kind of work. Work outside of your immediate manager is difficult. If you express interest & expertise in another group's project, they may say they'll include you, but never do.

    Advice to Management

    Provide (paid/billable) training for managers.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work, but at the whim of the government"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, as long as you work 80 hours every two weeks, they really don't care how you get them in. Excellent benefits for the most part. Top notch health plan. Casual work environment, jeans, sneakers, etc. And for the most part everyone has their own office. No cubicles.

    Three weeks vacation to start with, four weeks after 2 years.

    Cons

    There's no real career advancement path unless you really carve one out for yourself. Almost all work is federal gov't, so when there's a shut down or a sequester, work dries up. Also, it's all about billable hours, so if you get stuck at home because of a blizzard, you're expected to find a way to make up those 8 billable hours. Same thing if you're traveling for work. That time in the air, you better be working on something billable.

    They have a good profit sharing match they put into your 401k, but only once a year instead of spread out over every paycheck. So if you leave anytime during the year before that payout, you won't get a penny of that payout.

    You get a lot of vacation time, but only six paid holidays.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good first job, but just a first job"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Eastern Research Group, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Ability to telecommute.
    Nice, smart people.
    Interesting work that feels meaningful.
    Fairly good reputation--helpful on grad school apps.

    Cons

    Low salaries, though this is largely the case across the environmental consulting world.
    Employees sometimes get stuck on bad projects that never seem to end.
    Employees have to fight for professional development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for employees to learn new skills and work on a greater variety of projects.


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